IndyCar race-winner Ed Carpenter has set up his own team to compete in next year's championship.
Ed Carpenter Racing has been formed by the 30-year-old American, former series chief Tony George and golf legend Fuzzy Zoeller, who has been a long-term backer of the driver.
"I am extremely excited about the opportunities that lie ahead with Ed Carpenter Racing," said Carpenter, who broke his IndyCar duck by winning at Kentucky this season for Sarah Fisher Racing.
"Team ownership is something that I have thought about for quite a long time, and is now becoming a reality as a result of a great relationship with Fuzzy.
"I don't know that I ever thought that I would have the opportunity to be an owner/driver, but when an opportunity like this comes along you can't pass it up. I can't wait to get to work and begin building this team for not only 2012, but beyond."
The team plans to undertake a full season in 2012, which would be Carpenter's first complete campaign since 2009. He has taken in only selected oval races since.